About 90% infants in rural Gurugram vulnerable to infectious diseases

  • | Friday | 9th November, 2018

GURUGRAM: With only 10.8 coverage, poor vaccination in the rural parts of Gurugram puts nearly 90 per cent of infants at risk of contracting deadly infectious diseases including tuberculosis, measles, and polio. Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year around the world. It is one of the most cost-effective health investments, with proven strategies that make it accessible to even the most remote and vulnerable populations. Epidemiologist VN Tiwari says, “More than 25 children have died due to diphtheria outbreak in Nuh district since May this year. The numbers, provided by the National Family Health Survey 4 ( NFHS4 ), add to the worry as overall vaccination rates in the state has dropped from 65.3 per cent to 62.2 per cent in the past 10 years.

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